Usman Hameedi is a Pakistani-American scientist and poet. Over the course of ten years, Usman has contributed to academic and industry laboratories with an array of research focuses, including protein crystallography, mitochondrial dynamics, cancer cell metabolism, and drug discovery. During that time, he has competed in and coached for collegiate and national level poetry slams. He has been featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, and the Story Collider: Storytelling for Scientists podcast. His is a member of the 2018 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam team and is the 2018 Lizard King and World Champion. His north star is to improve the quality of and access to health care for disadvantaged communities. Beyond his professional interests, Usman is an avid gym rat, and his ideal day off would include powerlifting to the music of iron hitting the floor.